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Peru added 204 MW of capacity, primarily hydro, in 2019

Peru added nine power plants in commercial operation in 2019, for a combined 204 MW, which takes the country’s installed capacity to 13,248 MW.

According to BNamericas, hydropower was the principal contributor with the startup of seven plants: 7.5-MW Zaña, 1-MW Patapo, 86.2-MW Callahuanca, 20-MW Rucuy, 20-MW Chancay, 10-MW El Carmen and 23.7-MW 8 de Agosto. This data comes from grid administrator COES.

Callahuanca is not a new development, having been brought back online after it shuttered operations in 2017 due to damage from heavy rains and flooding as a result of weather phenomenon El Niño. 

The other two plants that began operating in 2019 were bagasse: 21.7-MW San Jacinto and 14-MW Caña Brava.

No solar or wind capacity was added in 2019, as “further development of these non-conventional renewable energies would be subject to greater clarity on the regulatory and legislative front.”

As of December 2019, COES says hydroelectric installed capacity made up nearly 39% of the country’s total installed capacity. However, in terms of generation, hydropower provided 68.6% of the electricity generated in December 2019.

For 2020, three new plants are scheduled to begin operating. They are 84-MW La Virgen hydro, and 19.8-MW Manta hydro, and 2.4-MW Callao biomass.